Since starting his racing career in January 2017 Mr Bellagio has proven to be a very consistent horse with his race record being 16-4:3:4 with prizemoney of $93,300.

Mr Bellagio’s form this campaign has been very good even though he was beaten 4.5 lengths at his previous start when trapped wide the run was full of merit as the winner Stella Victoria has since come out and won a $70,000 Fillies & Mares Class 6 at Doomben.

Bookmakers were generous in offering $6 in early markets especially when considering the 3kg claim for apprentice Jackson Murphy, the much better barrier & the Stella Victoria form line. Although officially starting at $3.40 favourite it was quite possible Mr Bellagio should have started odds on.

Having only his second ride for the Birchley stable Jackson Murphy did himself no harm when riding to instructions to deliver a race to race double for the Birchley stable.

The usually good beginning Mr Bellagio was expected to be able to box seat from barrier two.  Staying off the fence early allowed Murphy to make the horses drawn outside him such as Rich Affair burn some early petrol when trying to lead.

On passing the 800 metre point Murphy had Mr Bellagio into a nice rhythm in second place trailing Rich Affair by three lengths who was always going to be suspect at the 1350m under 59kgs.

Approaching the 600m point Murphy shook Mr Bellagio up a little which saw him move away from the fence and up to the hind quarters of Rich Affair before moving up to eyeball Rich Affair on the point of the turn.

Mr Bellagio bounded to the lead at the 300m point and under some strong riding over the concluding 100 metres from Murphy, Mr Bellagio was able to hold off the challenge from Bryneich & LL Riccio to win by one length.

Congratulations to owners Brett and Lauren Galea on another win by Mr Bellagio.

On this occasion Mr Bellagio was strapped by Donna Fisher.



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